Dirt and Ash is an exhibition and performance by Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey at Lismore Regional Gallery in Australia.

Sound By Micheal Dick

20 Oct - 2 Dec 2018
Opening performance19th Oct 2018.

Kellie O’Dempsey and Fiona Fell perform Dirt & Ash, an immersive multimedia installation about the relationship between the artist and work of art. Michael Dick (sound artist) performing on opening night.
Exhibition to be opened by: Dr Barbara Bolt, Professor in Contemporary Arts and Culture, Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Dirt and Ash displays a dynamic exchange between two mid-career artists. Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey explore the links between artists’ bodies, ceramic sculpture and performance drawing and video, inquiring into the nature of each other’s creative processes. As works are built, stacked, re-formed and incorporated through performance and live drawing the underbelly of their creative practices is exposed. 

Sharing the material relationships of clay and charcoal the shared experience of loss and survival is uncovered (in terms of life and their creative processes). Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey dramatize their perseverant search for presence, synchronising moments in the studio as performance.

Videogragher: Steven Kwan

The Pietà.

Dirt & Ash, ceramic and charcoal, sculpture and drawing. This Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey collaboration is an uncanny conversation that expands space and re-animates objects.




This video portrait featuring artist Fiona Fell and her figurative ceramic sculpture is an exercise in experimental portraiture. A laser mounted on a motion-control unit “scans” across the artist and her work; post-processing using a frame echo effect is then used to render this temporal scan into a kind of frozen virtual sculpture. The artist merges with her work as both bodies are rendered equally functional as reflective surfaces for the highly concentrated light of the laser. The project is accompanied by a soundtrack derived from the sounds of clay in action.

This work is a collaboration between ceramic artist Fiona Fell, media artist Grayson Cooke, and sound artist Matt Hill.